Chaplain Oklahoma City Fire Department

Bobby Altstatt

Chaplain Cleveland Fire Dept

Justin White

Chaplain Broken Arrow Fire & Police Departments

Scott Keele


I am a local minister and a volunteer chaplain with the Broken Arrow Fire Department where I have been serving the past several years.

Chaplain Edmond Fire Dept

Barry Garrett

Chaplain Anadarko Fire Dept

Lynn Bellamy

Chaplains Cherokee County EMS Tahlequah

Steven and Kate Alyea

Stephen is currently a Captain at Illinois River Fire/Rescue.  Not only is he a volunteer firefighter, he is also an EMR and the interim pastor at Blue Springs Baptist Church.  He has worked as a rodeo chaplain for 10 years before being called to the fire service. 

Kate is also a volunteer at Illinois River Fire/Rescue as an EMR.  She has a degree in Counseling and Bible from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN.  Along with Stephen, she was also a rodeo chaplain for years before being called to the fire service.

As Chaplains for Cherokee County, we look to the needs of the community.  The volunteer fire departments are an integral part of that community.  We are called to respond both as EMRs and firefighters as well as Chaplains, sometimes in the same call. 

We have traveled and lived all over the country, raising our three daughters to adulthood before returning to Oklahoma.

Chaplain Altus Fire Department

Kevin Baker

Chaplain, Pauls Valley Fire Department

Brian Black


I have been the Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Pauls Valley since 2001 and joined the PVFD in 2005 as a volunteer firefighter and chaplain.  My wife, Sherrie, and I have been married since 1986 and have three grown children.

Chaplain Clinton Fire Department

Troy Calvert


I am a volunteer firefighter and chaplain for the Clinto Department where I have been serving for over 10 years. I am also an elder at the Church of Christ in Clinton. I enjoy spending time with my ever-growing family as well as serving God in any way I can.

Chaplain Elk City Fire Department

Chris Carlisle


Chris is a firefighter and volunteer chaplain with the Elk City Fire Department since November of 2017. He is married to Rocsy. He is also the lead pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Elk City. In his spare time he enjoys hunting.

Chaplain, Edmond Fire Department Retired

Gary Dill


I am retired from the Edmond Fire department.  I have had the honor of serving as their Chaplain since 1998.  I serve as a Deacon at Noble Avenue Baptist Church in Guthrie Oklahoma.  My wife Bobbie and I have two grown children and one grandchild.

New Address: 20422 S. 540 Road.  Talequah, Oklahoma 74464

Chaplain, Fairmont Fire Department

Tim Dorsch


Chaplain Norman Fire Department

Gary Doty

I am the fire chaplain at the Norman Department. I also have a construction business I run on the side.


Chris Griffith

Chaplain Elk City Fire Department

Jase Hargrove


Steven Harris


I am the Chaplain for the Oklahoma City Fire Department. I’ve been married 32 years with 2 grown daughters. I promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant, in the process became a paramedic, a rescue technician, and training Officer. I am OIC of the Honor Guard team, and CISM Peer support team. I’m also retired from the US Army Res. Infantry (11B), Drill Sergeant, master fitness trainer, First Sergeant. I was born again April 2nd, 1995 and have had many struggles as the Lord continues to mold me. My prayer is to humbly seek him with wisdom and love for people around me. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not us. (me) 2 Corinthians 4:7.

Chaplain, Chickasha Fire Department

Kim Hayes

Chaplain Oklahoma City Fire Department

Toby Hess

Chaplain, Carter Fire Department

Paul Hightower

Chaplain Hooker Fire Department

Tom House

Chaplain Thomas House has served as the Enid Fire Departments Volunteer Chaplain since 2013.  He is currently the Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Enid, OK.  Chaplain House has a bachelors degree from Concordia Teachers College Seward, NE and a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne IN.  He has been a pastor for 20 years serving parishes in Brownsville, Dallas and Plano, Texas as well as in Hooker OK.  Prior to entering Church Work he was a Post Attach Command Control Technician in the United States Air Force as well as another 9 years as an aircraft crew chief in Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. 

Chaplain House served 9 years as volunteer firefighter with the Hooker Fire Department and 6 years as an Emergency Medical Responder with the Hooker EMS department.  He has also served as a Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol chaplain for 7 years.  He is active with the Boy Scouts of America, Cimarron Council as a member of the councils Executive Board.

Chaplain House is a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains and Oklahoma Fire Service Chaplains.  He has received CISM Training and Suicide Prevention Training.

He is married to Audrey, a teacher in the Enid Public Schools and they have two boys.

Chaplain Altus Fire Department

Daniel Ingram

I am the minister at the Elm & Hudson Church of Christ in Altus, OK. I married my amazing wife, Shanelle, in 2008 and we have three rowdy boys: Levi, Keegan and Daxton. I am a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I also attended Western Oklahoma State College and played baseball for the Pioneers. My greatest passion is serving people and sharing the love of God with others. 

Chaplain Altus Fire Department

Steve Lehew

Steve is the Lead Pastor at Altus Church of the Nazarene. He, his wife Tammy and 2 boys Kayden & Brayden moved From Guymon to Altus in July 2018 and they were determined to get involved in the community of Altus. One of the ways Steve wanted to get involved was to serve as a Chaplain with the Altus Fire Department. He is honored to serve the Altus Fire Department and Community of Altus. 

Chaplain, Nash Fire Department

Gary Lillie


In 1996, the Nash FD asked me to serve as their Fire Chaplain due to some very serious incidents they had experienced.  I agreed to serve if they allowed me to join the FD as a FF.  I then began training to help them by attending Critical Incident Stress Management, Advanced CISM, and Peer CISM.  I also earned my FF 1 certification and my EMT-B certification.   I also helped form the NW Oklahoma CISM team.  

Since 1978, I have pastored Bethel Hawley Baptist Church of Nash, OK.  My wife and I have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. 

Chaplain, Midwest City Fire Department

Chuck McDade

It has been my privilege to serve the Midwest City Fire Department as a volunteer chaplain for the past twenty years.  That service has been made possible by the support of the church family at Soldier Creek Baptist Church where I have served as senior pastor for 30 plus years.  For the past 16 years I have been a part of the Federation of Fire Chaplains.  I currently serve as Regional Director for the South Central Region of the FFC and as an instructor for the FCC Institute.

Chaplain Vol. Fire Department

Tyler McDowell

Chaplain Shawnee Fire Department

Jim Ogle

Chaplain Newkirk Fire Department

James Owen


I am the chaplain for Newkirk Fire Department. I have served as a musician for the worship team in church and at various events for many years. I was appointed chaplain at N.F.D. in 2018. 

Chaplain, OKC FD

Bart Pappe


I am a Special Operations Coordinator Lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Fire Department. I joined the department in September of 1994. I’m 50 years old and my wife’s name is Minta.  We have 4 children and reside in Moore, OK.   I was saved when I was 25 years old and currently attend the Regency Park Baptist Church.   God has blessed me with a wonderful testimony that wasn’t easy to go through but I can see His blessings all along the way.   This allows my to share with friends and co-workers my faith and how God is faithful.

Chaplain, Weatherford Fire Department

Hal Penner

I have been a youth pastor for over a quarter of a century, and I am currently serving at The Edge Church in Clinton OK. I am also a volunteer firefighter and chaplain for our local department in Weatherford since 1997.  I was married to Geneva in 1996 and have a daughter Halle (born 2000) and son Harrison (born 2003).  In my spare time I am working on my masters in theology, because they tell me “you can’t be a youth pastor forever”. 

Chaplain, Elk City Fire Department

Danny Ringer

I have had the opportunity to serve as a Fire Chaplain since 1988.  My first experience was as a volunteer fire fighter and chaplain with the Mountain View, Oklahoma Fire Department.  The Weatherford, Oklahoma Fire Department was my first opportunity with a full time department as a fire fighter and chaplain.  Currently, I am the chaplain for the Elk City, Oklahoma Fire Department.  I enjoy working with and being involved in the life of fire fighters.  I am a member of the Oklahoma Fire Service Chaplains, Inc and the National Federation of Fire Chaplains.  Completed Advanced Chaplain status with the Federation of Fire Chaplains.

I have been married to Penny (a sixth grade teacher) since 1988. I have a an adult daughter who is married and a Registered Nurse.

I am the Director of Missions for the Great Plains Baptist Association.  I am a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Chaplain Hughes County EMS

John Roberts

Chaplain, Tulsa FD

Terry Sampson


I am retired and currently serving as a volunteer chaplain with the Tulsa Fire Department. 

Chaplain Noble Fire Department

John Stokes

I am the lead pastor at Discover Church in Noble, Oklahoma since 2006, as well as being a volunteer firefighter and chaplain for the Noble Fire Department. In my spare time I enjoy mowing lawns for other people and attending Crawfish boils!

Chaplain for the Oklahoma City Retired Fire Fighters and the Mustang Fire Department in Mustang, Ok

Rusty Stowe

I serve as the Chaplain for the Oklahoma City Retired Firefighters Association and the Mustang Fire  Department in Mustang, Oklahoma. In June of 2014, I retired as the Pastor of the Exchange Ave. Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. I spent 45 years in the local church along with my service as a Fire Chaplain. Now I have the opportunity to serve two outstanding organizations, one in Oklahoma City and the other in Mustang. 

I am a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains and the Oklahoma Fire Service Chaplains. I have been involved as a volunteer Fire Chaplain in Texas and Oklahoma.

Chaplain, Claremore Fire Department

Randy Swift

I am in my first year of serving as Fire Chaplain in Claremore.  It is a privilege to serve in this capacity to invest in the lives of these fire fighters as well coming alongside them to serve the community.  I am a member of the Oklahoma Fire Service Chaplains, Inc.  I am also a Blue Cap for the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Rapid Response Chainsaw Unit.

My wife of 25 years, Carolyn, is a very supportive spouse in my ministry.  We have two children and blessed with two grandsons.  In my spare time I am a state High School Basketball Official.

I am the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church of Claremore, Oklahoma.

Chaplain, Yukon FD

Bryan Thiessen


I am the chaplain with the Yukon Fire Department as well as being the pastor of Pathway Church in Yukon.

Chaplain, Calera Fire Department

Jacob Toews


Jacob is a volunteer firefighter and chaplain for the Calera department in Eastern Oklahoma, and has been since November of 1991. He is also the Pastor of First Baptist Church Calera. One unknown fact about Jacob is he loves crazy, colorful socks.

Chaplain Mulhall Fire Department

James Tuck

Chaplain Little Axe Fire Department

Kevin Wiessing

I am the Chaplain at Little Axe Fire Department

I run a non-forprofit disaster relief distribution center

I am restoring a 100 year old church in Pink Oklahoma

I have two Children 1 daughter Samantha age 30 with 5 grand children 3 boys and 2 girls

I have 1 Son Curtis age 27 who is in the Marine's

I am single

I have been serving the Lord for the last 10 years in one capacity or another

And my calling is helping others and spreading gods love when ever I can.

Chaplain, Oklahoma City Fire Department

Teddy Wilson

Chaplain Teddy Wilson

Oklahoma City Fire Department

Chaplain (CPT) Ted Wilson has served the Oklahoma City Fire Department for six years as a volunteer chaplain and the full-time Fire Department Chaplain since 1995.  He has two earned bachelor degrees and his Master of Divinity degree is form New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chaplain Wilson is an Intermediate Paramedic and has basic and advance training in Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is the Department Coordinator of the team.  He has thirty-seven years in ministry and served as an enlisted soldier and a Chaplain (MAJ) (Retired) for thirty-six years in the Army Reserves and National Guard.

After the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building incident, Chaplain Wilson assisted with one extended rescue; conducted on-site CISM activities; defusing; one on one debriefings; he was a resource for the twenty-four hour CISM process; monitored firefighters and other rescue agencies; prayed over the victims and their rescuers (inside the building) as well as conducting “mini” memorial ceremonies for the leaving Urban Search and Rescue teams.  Off scene he assisted with victims and rescue workers concerning family care, ministry and numerous formal memorial ceremonies and funerals.

He has assisted numerous agencies, groups and individuals with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Pre-publication copies of the lessons learn after the Murrah bombing have shared with all who have requested them.  Chaplain Wilson has participated in many of the same activities in New York City as he did during the Murrah tragedy on five different occasions, with nine weeks on site.

Chaplain Wilson continues to counsel and arrange specialized emotional care for firefighters and their families.  He assists the families, victims and survivors of the Murrah bombing and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in both, public and private ways.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department has been surveyed since the Murrah Bombing and Chaplain Wilson has been involved in this effort as well. This information was published in June 2002 issue of Fire Chief Magazine and in medical journals. the twenty year follow up is in process currently.

He is married to Janice, and they have three children, Teddy Lee, Jeanna, Tressa and four grandchildern, Payton Abbigail, Jaxon Jo, Rose Clair and Mile Robert.


AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL: Presented by Governor David Boren, Oklahoma.

FACULTY ASSISTANT: Clear creek Baptist Bible College (CCBBC) for Dr. H. Leo Eddleman







MILITARY AWARDS: Bronze Star, 2/Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2/Army Commendation Medal, 5/Army Achievement Medals, 7/Army Reserve Components Achievement, 3/National Defense Service Ribbon, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Award, 3/Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Development Ribbon W/3 device, Armed Services Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, OK Distinguish Service Cross, 2/OK Commendation Medal, OK Achievement Medal, Alpherd P. Murrah Service Medal, OK Recruiting Medal, OK State Active Duty Medal, Texas Adjutant General's Individual Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award  and the U.S. National Guard Association's Valley Forge Cross of Gallantry.

Military Units included: HHC, 95th DIV, OSUT TNG, USAR; TRP A, 397th CAV, 100th DIV OSUT TNG, USAR; HHC, 204th ASG, LAARNG; HHC, OKARNG Units served were 120th S & S BN, 700 SPT BN, 160th FA BN, 171th FA BN, 345th  (ATC) AVN BN, 90th TRP CMD

Military Tours of Duty: Noble Eagle II, OIF III and JCO CH-NGB

Chaplain, Oklahoma City Fire Department

Troy Wright

Troy's wife is Renee.  Troy will be assisting Teddy Wilson with OKC Fire.